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Ruth Whitehead


Ruth Whitehead, age 88, of Sulphur Springs, formerly of Emory, passed away Monday, July 20, 2015, at her home.

Funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, July 23, 2015, 2:00 PM, at the Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church in Emory. Bro. Billy Smith will officiate. Interment will follow in the Yantis Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior at 1:00 PM at the Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church. Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home of Emory is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth was born on October 11, 1926, in Emory, to Ennis Nolan and Lela Morrow Kirkpatrick. She married Arlis Kennimer on June 8, 1946…to this union was born three wonderful children, before he preceded her in death in January 1979. Ruth later married Lymon Gip Whitehead, in Emory, on October 12, 1988. She cherished her life as wife, mother and homemaker. She was a Christian and a member of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church…as a matter of fact, she and her sister Pearl Haney Jones are the 2 oldest members of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church and they were baptized and joined when Ruth was only age 9 and Pearl age 11.

She is survived by 1 Daughter: Linda Starnes, of Sulphur Springs, 1 Son: Claudie Kennimer of Sulphur Springs, 1 Daughter-in-law: Linda Kennimer of Emory, 2 Sisters: Pearl Haney Jones of Emory, and Delois Spence, and husband, Roy, of Emory, 2 Brothers: James Kirkpatrick, and wife, Ann, of Emory, and Gerald Kirkpatrick, and wife, Donna, of Emory, 8 Grandchildren, 11 Great-grandchildren, Numerous other loving family and friends.

Preceded in death by her Parents; 1st Husband: Arlis Kennimer in 1979, 2nd Husband: Gip Whitehead; 1 Son: Arnold Kennimer; 5 Brothers: J.T., Earl, Nolan, Allen and Hubert

Author: Staff Reporter

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